- Apple's iPhone 13 launch is not considered to happen until autumn.
- Rumours suggest the next generation of iPhones will be available in four models: the standard iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Max and iPhone 13 Max Pro.
- There has been much talk surrounding the prospect of Apple producing an autonomous automotive.
There has never been a dull moment when considering new technology and devices. Many big tech organisations like Apple and Samsung continue to release new handsets every year with more unique features that impress and wow crowds, making them the topic of discussion.
Over the years, we have seen the smartphone market grow. However, its growth has slowly become stagnant. The pandemic has also had a relatively immediate effect on it, even though we have probably used our smartphones the most during this time.
Challenges such as supply and material issues and factory closures due to the virus have had a knock-on effect on getting the latest handsets to market. Although Apple’s iPhone 13 launch is not considered to happen until autumn, there has been an array of rumours circulating over the speculation of what the next iPhone will look like and the features it will have. Let’s find out.
Apple iPhone 13
Firstly, we need to consider that Apple may choose to change the name of the prospective iPhone 13, going for an entity new one for their next-generation phones. However, regarding the past, most of their models do go up in order, unlike Samsung, which jumped from S10 to S20.
Rumours suggest the next generation of iPhones will be available in four models: the standard iPhone 13, its smaller version iPhone 13 Mini, and its two more advanced versions iPhone 13 Max and iPhone 13 Max Pro. Asides from upgrades we can already expect in the new models, such as processors and batteries, there is a range of other upgrades to potentially look forward to.
Foldable or not? That is the question
The launch of the iPhone 12 was significant thanks to its new and improved features, which has helped it stand out from its competitors. Not only did it embrace 5G connectivity, but it also boasts an OLED screen, far superior to the iPhone 11’s LCD screen and houses an A14 Bionic Chip that puts most smartphones on the market to shame. Considering the generous amount of new features, it’s safe to assume the iPhone 13 won’t come with as much of a ”glow up”.
Unfortunately, if you have been looking forward to a foldable phone from Apple, 2021 probably won’t be the year. However, instead, there are rumours it will have a similar design. One of the biggest questions surrounding the new launch is whether or not Apple will include a notch or consider going for a notchless screen.
However, to be notchless, Apple will need to consider finding a way to include the Face ID camera modules wor work under the screen and go undetected. Based on the noise surrounding the new launch, this could be something we will see on the iPhone 13.
Screen: All the better to see you with my dear
One feature on the new handset that is thought to change in a big way is the screen. Some rumours consider Apple to use LTPO technology in their two Pro handsets, allowing the display to refresh at the rate of 120Hz.
This particular feature is present in Android phones currently on the market, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S21. Apple hasn’t always been transparent about its refresh rate, and some analysts have suggested that the iPhone 12 has the same refresh rate as the iPhone 11, which is 60Hz.
Considering the iPhone 13 is suggested to have minimal improved features, we can expect it to retail for a similar price to the iPhone 12.
In other news from Apple, there has been much talk surrounding the prospect of Apple producing an autonomous automotive. A recent patent granted to them for a night vision system that combines visible light, near-infrared and long-wave infrared sensors means we could be seeing an Apple car on our roads sooner than we think.
It has been rumoured that Apple has been developing a car since 2014 but has run into an array of issues, including partnerships and manufacturing, that may have considerably delayed the production. Although there is no date for when the big launch will be, it’s safe to say it may still be some time away.